Al-Watan Satellite TV in Kuwait Selects Max Air Audio Console forNew HD Facility

Al-Watan is the latest facility in the Middle East to choose Avid

IBC Amsterdam, Sept 7th 2007

Avid announced that Al-Watan Satellite TV, the newly-launched broadcast division of publishing house Dar Al Watan, has installed a 32-fader Max Air with the DF66 SuperCore in their new HD TV studio based in Ardiya, Kuwait. This state-of-the-art broadcast console will be used for live-to-air and live-to-tape programming as well as for mixing special events such as concerts, game shows and breaking news.

The Al-Watan Max Air has 68 full-featured channels and is fully 5.1 surround capable. The innovative touch screen center section offers an operator friendly design with an intuitive interface that is easy to learn and control. The console is scalable up to 96 faders and the DSP SuperCore can be upgraded to handle over 250 channels.

In September 2006, UK-based Television Systems Limited was contracted to design, supply and integrate the complete HD facility. The Max Air console was installed mid-June 2007, while the on-air launch of the 24-hour broadcast channel is slated for early September 2007. The 1,000m2 studio is also outfitted with six Grass Valley LDK 4000 high definition cameras from Thomson, an Arri lighting grid and a host of Sennheiser broadcast microphones.

 The key factors leading Al-Watan to purchase the Max Air was versatility and ease of use
Mark Hosking

Steve Beebe, TSL Project Manager commented on the install, "I would like to pass on my thanks to Avid for their well managed and successful on site commissioning and training done under less than ideal conditions."

Al-Watan TV is dedicated to becoming the leading innovate local TV station of Kuwait by delivering reliable news broadcast and family entertainment that appeals to their diverse population while maintaining traditional Kuwaiti values.

This latest Max Air installation in the middle east follows two System 5 consoles fitted in OB Trucks and delivered in 2006 to Alkass & Aldawri Sport Channel, Doha, Qatar and another to Aljazeera Sports, Doha, Qatar. Both OBs were used in the production of the 15th Asian Olympic Games, which are held every four years, finished on the 15th December in Doha.